As God pursues us with His wonderful grace, something magnificent takes place in our lives. Before God's grace was extended to us, we were dead in our sins and powerless to overcome them. We were in bondage to the enemy, and the future never looked so grim. Then, God entered the scene, delighting to demonstrate the power of His grace.
God came to deliver us from all the bondage of the past and to bring us ultimate redemption as we follow Him.
After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, the Bible begins to tell the unfolding tale of God's pursuit of the human heart through the goodness of His grace. And it is through this Gospel of the grace of God that our once-dead souls become alive! Instead of being unable to fight sin's strongholds, God's grace gives us power to overcome them through the Holy Spirit.
As children of the living God, we come to the battle equipped to win—not just to survive another round. God's grace empowers us to be conquerors through Christ.
God entered our lives to save us, not just to show up and to impress us with His omnipotence. He came to deliver us from all the bondage of the past and to bring us ultimate redemption as we follow Him. We now can say no to sin, find deepest fulfillment in obedience to God, and experience incomparable joy in a personal relationship with the Father.
Through salvation, we receive God's grace, and then His transformation begins in our hearts. All along, He pursues us with His grace. When He captures us, the parts of our hearts that were cold toward Him suddenly warm and come to life.
Though at times we may stray, God is faithful and steadfast. He is the "hound of heaven." Just as He pursued us to bring us to salvation, He sustains us today with His grace to bring us peace in His presence and hope for eternity.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the way You pursued me and called me into relationship with You! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given" (John 1:16).
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